Tag:Cincinnati Bengals
Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:00 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jets at Bills

There’s no need to worry about Jets CB Darrelle Revis this week, because he’s out (though it looks like he could return in time for Week 5). But C Nick Mangold has been limited in practice all week and is questionable. Mangold, though, has never missed a start in his career, and considering how much the Jets need him, expect him to be on the field.

We also could see the return of LB Calvin Pace. But it sounds like coach Rex Ryan might want to rest Pace’s foot another week – in part, because the Jets most likely won’t be tested much vs. Buffalo’s offense.

Not having Bills DE Marcus Stroud, LB Andra Davis and CB Terrence McGee in the lineup will be tough for Buffalo. But the good news is LB Paul Posluszny – who’s missed the past few weeks with a knee injury – is probable to return.

UPDATE (4:47 p.m.): Calvin Pace has been downgraded to out for this game. He did not travel with the team.

Bengals at Browns


In the tepid Battle of Ohio rivalry, three important Bengals pieces are questionable to play – LB Keith Rivers (foot), DE Antwan Odom (wrist) and WR Jordan Shipley (shoulder). Rivers missed Week 2 and Odom were out last week, so their return would bolster a Bengals defense that ranks ninth in the league.

Meanwhile, Cleveland somehow has 15 players on this week’s injury report. That’s nearly 1/3 of the active roster. Considering six of those players – including RB Jerome Harrison and OT Joe Thomas – are probable, the situation isn’t quite as dire as it appears.

WR Joshua Cribbs was limited earlier this week with an ankle injury (he was also forced to wear a walking boot), but he should play. It’s still unclear if QB Jake Delhomme will make his return. He’s listed as questionable, but he’s been spotted limping around the locker room this week. It looks like Seneca Wallace should get the start again.

Ravens at Steelers


Ravens RB Ray Rice (knee) practiced Friday without wearing a no-contact jersey, and though he missed Wednesday’s practice – and was limited Thursday and Friday – he said he’ll play vs. Pittsburgh. Coach John Harbaugh is a bit more cautious and said Rice will be a gametime decision. Expect Rice to play, though.

Baltimore LB Cory Redding, who suffered a concussion last week, is questionable. As of Friday, he hadn’t passed his concussion test, and he probably won’t play. It’s unfortunate for the Ravens, because Redding, coming off the worst season of his career last year in Seattle, has played solid run defense this year.

Not much new coming from the Steelers. QB Dennis Dixon, OG Trai Essex and WR Donte Stallworth are all out for this week’s game.

Broncos at Titans


We’ve already talked about starting RB Knowshon Moreno and who will replace him against Tennessee (in case you’ve forgotten, Laurence Maroney will get the bulk of the carries with some help from Correll Buckhalter). LB Wesley Woodyard also is out with a hamstring.

OT Ryan Harris, who’s questionable with an ankle and who’s missed all season, should be back, and for the first time this season, the entire Denver’s starting offensive line will be on the field together. Yes, Denver ranks No. 2 in the NFL in offense, but the return of Harris should help.

Tennessee doesn’t have any major problems. Starting CB Jason McCourty is still out after undergoing forearm surgery, but there shouldn’t be a big dropoff with Alterraun Verner playing in his place. DE Jacob Ford and and DT Tony Brown are questionable.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 11:29 am
 

Ochocinco cereal features phone sex line number

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Ochocinco's made some serious noise for posting phone numbers recently -- first he threw his own cell phone number on Twitter (we still haven't gotten a text back, Ocho, ahem) and now the number posted on his cereal (OchocincO's) which is supposed to help children actually sends callers to a phone sex line .

The number (which you should not call) for Feed the Children that's printed on the box of deliciously athletic breakfast food is 1-800-HELP-FTC. However, calling that number will get you fired if you're using your speakerphone. (No, seriously, I called it; if you're in an office and call that number and your phone is on speaker, you're going to be embarrassed at the very least.)

The telephone number that was supposed to be on the cereal box is 1-888 -HELP-FTC. If you want to Feed the Children, that's what you should call.

Ochocinco, for his part, denied any responsibility for the mix-up, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who thinks he did this on purpose; after all, while shenanigans are his forte and tricking a ton of people into calling a phone sex line is actually a hilarious prank, it's not really Chad's MO to prank people at the expense of starving children.

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Via MDS at PFT

Posted on: September 30, 2010 12:13 am
 

Drama brewing for Bengals?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Everything is fine with the Bengals. Really. The team is 2-1 and has already defeated division rival Baltimore once.

But we’re the media. It’s our job to stir the pot under the well-respected cloak of journalism (and, if need be, under the even more-respected cloak of free speech). It’s all about drama. That’s why we can write articles about a 2-1 facing possible turmoil. Head coach Marvin Lewis seems to understand this concept (understand as in, he’s aware that the media operates like this, not understand as in, he’s cool with it).
C. Benson (US Presswire)
"Not too many teams have to make excuses for winning like that, but I guess we do," Lewis said after Cincy’s 20-7 win over Carolina. "So we'll just move forward and I'll say little, our players will say less, and that's the way it will be."

Players will say less? That might seem laughable for a team in which both starting receivers have their own reality shows. But one of those receivers seems to be on board (sort of).

"I usually start the trash talking but the offense has been really stagnant,” said Chad Ochocinco, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “So I have to back off of that a little bit until we pick up to where we're supposed to be in and do some of the things that's expected of us offensively. It's me. No, I'm serious, everything is me. A lot of media from outside is pointing the finger. When things don't go right with us offensively, it's on me. It's my fault when everything goes wrong. I like the pressure."

Only Ochocinco could announce that he’s saying nothing and, in that same breathe, suggest that he’s the key to the offense (which, granted, is not entirely untrue).

If there is to be a distraction in 2010, everyone expects it will come from either Ochocinco or Terrell Owens demanding the ball. But don’t rule out running back Cedric Benson. The refreshingly-honest Benson said last week on Sirius Radio, per Pro Football Talk, "With all those players and names you brought up [Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley, Jermaine Gresham, etc] they're all, except for one, directly involved in the passing game. So, I mean, if I had to guess, it seems that that's kind of the route that we're trying to go, which can be a bit frustrating because we were successful running the football last year and being a power team.

"Being that type of team got us where we ultimately wanted to be, which was in the playoffs. I don't know what would be the reason the team would want to change their identity, unless in the past season it didn't work. But that's not the case here. And, I mean, I don't know. I guess whoever's making those shots, or calling those shots, you got to kind of roll with the punches."

Benson, coming off a 1,200-yard campaign, is in the final year of his contract. He’ll turn 28 in late December, which means 2011 will be his last chance at a big NFL payday. It makes perfect sense that he’d prefer a ground-oriented attack this season.

Who knows, if Carson Palmer keeps completing well under 60 percent of his passes, perhaps Benson will get his wish. (By the way…did we just accidentally touch on what might be a real problem in Cincinnati?).

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.27.10 box score tidbits

Posted by Andy Benoit

After Tony Romo said the Cowboys needed to get the running game going, Marion Barber had 17 carries for a hard-fought 55 yards against the Texans. Felix Jones showed most of the usual speed and quickness that he, for whatever reason, hadn’t displayed the first two weeks. Jnes gained 43 yards on seven carries.

The 49ers managed just 43 yards on the ground against a Chiefs defense that ranked 31st against the run last season. (Granted, it is a much-improved Chiefs defense. But still…)

Frank Gore didn’t get going on the ground, but he amassed yards on nine catches. Michael Crabtree, however, has just six catches for 81 yards…on the season.L. Tomlinson (US Presswire)

3 sacks for Chiefs underrated, over-energized OLB Tamba Hali. The fifth-year pro also recorded two tackles for a loss.

The Lions were 3/12 on third down against the Vikings. But the Vikings were 3/11 on third down against the Lions. Fun game.

The Patriots ripped off 200 yards rushing against the Bills. Forty two of those yards game from ex-Jet Danny Woodhead. Ninety eight came from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is fast become a favorite of the coaching staff.

Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez had another strong outing, leading the Patriots with six catches for 65 yards. He also set a tight end team record for longest run: 13 yards. (Eat your heart out Ben Coates…or whoever had the record to begin with.)

Great day for tight ends in New Orleans. Jeremy Shockey had eight catches for 78 yards and a score (most of the catches were of the usual manhood-validating variety that Shockey has mastered). Tony Gonzalez, not to be outdone, had eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Counting assists, every Saints linebacker posted double digit tackles against the Falcons.

Chris Johnson had 125 yards against the Giants, but it took him 32 carries to get it. He looked exhausted by the second quarter.

23:28 = Panthers time of possession against the Bengals. 23:28 might also equal Carson Palmer’s 40 time. Of course, with a cannon arm, Palmer doesn’t need to run. But does Palmer still have cannon arm? He was 19/37 for 195 yards, his second straight game under 200 yards passing. There are whispers that Palmer still doesn’t look like his pre-elbow surgery self.

Ryan Torain led the Redskins with 46 yards on seven carries. Remember the name – this guy will probably wind up being the team’s top rusher in the second half of the season.

David Garrard somehow threw 31 incompletion on 30 pass attempts. Just kidding. But seriously, Garrard was bad. 13/30 for 105 yards and a pick.

Michael Vick ran the ball only four times against the Jags (30 yards and a touchdown).

After Sunday’s game, 10 of DeSean Jackson’s 18 career touchdowns have been 50 yards or longer.

The Chargers had five turnovers and gave up two kickoff returns for touchdowns at Seattle. That’s what it takes to nullify a career-high 455 yards passing from Philip Rivers.

LaDainian Tomlinson has taken over as the No. 1 running back for the Jets. He had 15 carries against the Dolphins, five more than Shonn Greene had. Tomlinson managed a hearty 70 yards on the night.


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Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:57 am
Edited on: September 25, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Week 3 injury report & analysis - early games I

Titans @ Giants

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

DE

Jason Babin

ELBOW

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DT

Tony Brown

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

CB

Cortland Finnegan

THIGH

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Jacob Ford

KNEE

OUT

08/15/10

LB

Gerald McRath

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

LB

Chase Blackburn

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

TE

Kevin Boss

CONCUSSION

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Phillip Dillard

HAMSTRING

OUT

09/26/10

S

Michael Johnson

BACK

OUT

09/26/10

WR

Mario Manningham

ILLNESS

PROBABLE

09/26/10

C

Shaun O'Hara

ANKLE, ACHILLES

DOUBTFUL

09/26/10

CB

Aaron Ross

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Justin Tuck

SHOULDER

QUESTIONABLE


Michael Johnson helps the Giants D most by not playing – the guy has really struggled in coverage the past year and a half.
O’Hara’s leadership and grittiness would be sorely missed. His replacement, Adam Koets, is inexperienced, undersized and has spent most of his young career as a backup offensive tackle.

Brown is one of the quickest players off the snap in all of football. Ford brings length and athleticism on the edge as a pass-rusher, though the Titans can live without him. 


B
engals @ Panthers

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

DE

Jonathan Fanene

HAMSTRING

OUT

09/26/10

DT

Tank Johnson

TOE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

CB

Adam Jones

SHOULDER

DOUBTFUL

09/26/10

RB

Brian Leonard

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Antwan Odom

WRIST

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

WR

Terrell Owens

BACK

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Keith Rivers

FOOT

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Frostee Rucker

TOE

QUESTIONABLE

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

TE

Gary Barnidge

RIBS

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Tyler Brayton

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DE

Charles Johnson

CALF

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

WR

Brandon LaFell

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

DT

Louis Leonard

ELBOW

PROBABLE

09/26/10

T

Jeff Otah

KNEE

OUT

09/26/10

LB

Jordan Senn

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Steve Smith

THIGH

PROBABLE

Jones won’t be missed because the Panthers have such poor receiving depth.

Carolina needs Otah in the worst of ways. Even with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, the team has just 208 yards rushing on the season. (Of course, it’s not like opponents have had to worry about getting burned through the air by Carolina’s passing attack). Still, Otah is the primary source of run-blocking power on the right side.

Steelers @ Buccaneers 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

QB

Dennis Dixon

KNEE

OUT

09/26/10

NT

Casey Hampton

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

G

Chris Kemoeatu

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

T

Max Starks

ANKLE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Hines Ward

CALF

PROBABLE

09/03/10

QB

Ben Roethlisberger

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

C

Jeff Faine

CALF

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

QB

Josh Freeman

RIGHT THUMB

PROBABLE

09/26/10

RB

Kareem Huggins

GROIN

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

LB

Niko Koutouvides

ANKLE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

CB

Myron Lewis

KNEE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

RB

Carnell Williams

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

TE

Kellen Winslow

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/22/10

DB

Tanard Jackson

Suspension

 

The Bucs are averaging barely over three yards per carry on the ground. Don’t expect them to get anywhere near that amount if Casey Hampton is back. Hampton outweighs center Jeff Faine by at least 60 pounds.


Bills @ Patriots

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

LB

Keith Ellison

KNEE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

S

Cary Harris

HAMSTRING

PROBABLE

09/26/10

G

Andy Levitre

NECK

PROBABLE

09/26/10

LB

Paul Posluszny

KNEE

OUT

08/20/10

TE

Shawn Nelson

Suspension

 

Date

Pos

Player

Injury

NFL Status

09/26/10

QB

Tom Brady

RIGHT SHOULDER

PROBABLE

09/26/10

WR

Taylor Price

ANKLE

QUESTIONABLE

09/26/10

RB

Fred Taylor

TOE

PROBABLE

09/26/10

CB

Terrence Wheatley

FOOT

OUT


Posluszny has been used at outside linebacker early this season, which goes to show how thin the Bills are in their pass-rush. Because of this, expect Buffalo to play a coverage-based defense against the New England offense and focus on stopping the run.

With Wheatley out, struggling corner Darius Butler gets to keep his starting job at least one more week.


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Posted on: September 24, 2010 10:48 am
 

Ochocinco, TO on Palin in Playboy v. White House

Posted by Will Brinson

The T.Ocho Show debuts on Versus in October, but you best believe that the folks at the network are gonna be hyping the mess out of it leading up to the premiere.

That hype will probably include talking about zany, outrageous topics. Like, hypothetically, being brought onto Versus' show 'The Daily Line' and asked whether they would rather see Sarah Palin in the White House or in "Playboy." The answer may surprise you: since they pick the White House because the don't think Palin is "Playboy-ish." Good to know they've go their priorities in order.



Via Rick Chandler at Out of Bounds
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Andre Smith feels he's making progress

Former first-round pick A. Smith has been a big disappointment in Cincinnati (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I know that you’re hungering for some Andre Smith news. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy is aware of it as well. That’s why he gives us an update on one of the biggest busts from the last few NFL Drafts.

The Bengals OT continues not to get much playing time. Partially it’s because he’s battled injuries in his two seasons in the league, and partially, it’s because he’s still not in the type of shape Cincinnati’s staff expects.

Now, Smith says he’s not back to where he needs to be but he’s getting closer.

From Reedy’s blog post:

Smith has been mainly used when the Bengals have run goal-line and unbalanced line plays, but he has seen a couple snaps too spelling Dennis Roland.

He has also been seeing time daily in practice at right guard, which is a position he has not regularly played since his freshman year in high school. Smith estimates he is seeing about 10-15 reps there every practice.

“Coach Lewis told me as long as I’m a backup to make sure I can play more than one position,” Smith said. “I just have to take advantage of the snaps when my number is called. That’s the frame of thought that I’m taking when it comes to playing time.”


Still, not a great spot to be in – whether you’re talking about Smith or the Bengals – if you’re the No. 6 overall player drafted in 2009.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 20, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Gregg Doyel talks Bengals-Ravens

Posted by Will Brinson

The Bengals and Ravens played a not-so-exciting (but kind of typical for the AFC North) game on Sunday. CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel was on-hand, and as such, we thought we'd one of our two (love you too, Freeman) national columnists on the phone to talk about what he saw.

Also, we figured there was a decent chance that he'd say something that would make people mad. Like, perhaps, calling Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco "clowns" or Marvin Lewis "not a real man." We're not saying whether or not those things actually happened, so you'll need to listen to the podcast yourself in order to find out.

Plus, if you're confused as to why Ray Rice only got 16 carries and why Joe Flacco stinks right now, there are answers for those.

Listen below and don't forget to subscribe via iTunes .

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